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What’s Your Vietnam War Draft Lottery Number?

The Vietnam War draft lottery ran from 1969 to 1972. If you were born on February 23, would your number have been called?

  • Vietnam War 1969 Lottery
  • Vietnam War 1970 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
  • Vietnam War 1971 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
  • Vietnam War 1972 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted

Read on to learn more about the Vietnam war draft lottery.

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Baron von Steuben joins the Continental Army at Valley Forge.

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Victor Fleming, film director (The Wizard of Oz, Gone With the Wind)

more events on February 23

  • 1991

    French forces unofficially start the Persian Gulf ground war by crossing the Saudi-Iraqi border.

  • 1972

    Black activist Angela Davis is released from jail where she was held for kidnapping , conspiracy and murder.

  • 1967

    American troops begin the largest offensive of the war, near the Cambodian border.

  • 1964

    The U.S. and Britain recognize the new Zanzibar government.

  • 1960

    Whites join Negro students in a sit-in at a Winston-Salem, N.C. Woolworth store.

  • 1955

    Eight nations meet in Bangkok for the first SEATO council.

  • 1954

    Mass innoculation begins as Salk’s polio vaccine is given to children for first time.

  • 1950

    New York’s Metropolitan Museum exhibits a collection of Hapsburg art. The first showing of this collection in the U.S.

  • 1947

    Several hundred Nazi organizers are arrested in Frankfurt by U.S. and British forces.

  • 1946

    Japanese General Tomoyuki Yamashita is hanged in Manila, the Philippines, for war crimes.

  • 1945

    U.S. Marines plant an American flag atop Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima.

  • Eisenhower opens a large offensive in the Rhineland.

  • 1944

    American bombers strike the Marianas Islands bases, only 1,300 miles from Tokyo.

  • 1942

    A Japanese submarine shells an oil refinery near Santa Barbara, California, the first Axis bombs to hit American soil.

  • 1938

    Twelve Chinese fighter planes drop bombs on Japan.